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19% of country's population financially excluded says report

Lags in terms of physical infrastructure and has failed to reach the poor

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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India's financial services ecosystem lags in terms of physical infrastructure and has failed to reach the poor, with more than 19 per cent of the population unbanked or financially excluded, says a report.

The Assocham-EY joint study said however, the and the Reserve of have made several concentrated efforts to promote financial inclusion.


These efforts include launch of co-operative and regional rural banks, introduction of mandated priority sector lending targets, formation of self-help groups, appointment of business correspondents by to provide door-step delivery of services, said.

"These initiatives helped to bring in a large section of the unbanked population under the formal However, a significant portion of India's population still remains devoid of access to basic formal credit facilities mainly due to lack of last mile connectivity," the chamber said.

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